WIRED FOR BLESSING, EMPOWERED TO SUCCEED PART VI
Every New Testament saint has access to better covenant established on better promises not by merit but by grace. We are a people born in due season. We are a people “unduly privileged” to be here this time.
“But now hath he obtained a more excellent ministry, by how much also he is the mediator of a better covenant, which was established upon better promises. For if that first covenant had been faultless, then should no place have been sought for the second.” – Hebrews 8:6-7
As New Testament saints, we are not just blessed but agents of God’s blessing; we are not just empowered to succeed, we are equipped to make success happen anywhere. The greatest challenge confronting us is the challenge of unbelief.
There are two kinds of unbelief according to scriptures; first, unbelief as a result of lack of knowledge. It is absolutely impossible to believe what one does not know. Faith begins with knowledge. The Bible says:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.” – Hosea 4:6
“Therefore my people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst.” – Isaiah 5:13
The cure for this kind of unbelief is knowledge. The entrance of knowledge concerning a particular subject is the beginning of faith on that subject. When faith gets on the scene, good report is the natural sequence. Hebrews 11:1-2. As we continue to hear and diligently seek understanding of the word, faith comes. Romans 10:17. For instance, we have the responsibility to keep feeding our spirit with the word of God that talks about our blessing and our success so as to keep manifesting the reality to the world.
The second kind of unbelief is disobedience. In this case, the word of God is relatively known but through the deceitfulness of sin, the believer goes into disobedience. Hebrews 3:13. A believer could have his or heart hardened through the deceitfulness of sin facilitated by the temporary pleasure that it offers. Hebrews 11:25. Any believer that ever fell for immorality was caught by the deceit and the temporary pleasure it offers. The cure for this kind of unbelief is complete or total obedience. Jesus Christ said that it a demonstration of obedience. John 14:21.
The danger here is that the two kind of unbelief have the same result; it is a disqualification to receiving anything from God. The Bible says:
“But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord. A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.” – James 1:6-8
As long as we are knowledgeable about God’s plan of blessing for us and our empowerment to succeed we cannot but manifest blessing and success to our world. In the same vein, whatever God says is to be obeyed not to be analyzed, rationalized or debated.
Please make this confession of faith with me: “I am blessed and I know it. I am empowered for success; I know it and I believe it. I can never fail. I am blessed above all nations. I am above and not beneath; I am the head and not the tail. I am the light of the world, the salt of the earth; a city set upon an hill that cannot be hid. I am refreshed daily by God’s shower of blessing; I can never run dry. Generations yet unborn shall get blessed through me!”
Scriptures for meditation: Deuteronomy 28:1-13; Joshua 1:8; Matthew 5:13-15
Jesus is Lord!